'I fear waking up one morning and finding out my life was all for nothing. We're here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark. When you are kind to someone in trouble, you hope they remember and are kind to someone else and so on. Soon it'll be like a wildfire.' ~Whoopie Goldberg
What a pity if it dawned on us, that our life was all for nothing and a waste of time. That must surely be the one of the saddest moments in life that we could face. But that day can be firmly kept at a distance if we treasure each day as a gift from God to us. It can be kept at a distance if we treasure the small moments that always add up to something significant. It can be kept at a distance if we share some of our light with others whose light is dim or struggling.
As the Eucharistic Congress comes to an end this weekend in Dublin, we celebrate the fact that the Eucharist is one of the greatest lights we have. Through the Eucharist we bring light and hope into our life, into our dark corners, into the lives of those nearest to us and also those whom we come in contact with each day. Even if it's not part of our lives, it's good to know that through the Eucharist someone is remembering and praying for us each day. It's not done out of pity or duty but done simply because God loves us. The Eucharist reminds us that our lives are not for nothing but have meaning, depth and direction. It is Jesus who is at the centre of Eucharist and who is always the reason why.